Meet the Counseling Services Staff
Sharon Biegen, Ph.D., Director
Sharon is a licensed clinical/counseling psychologist with particular interests in women's issues, recovery from sexual abuse, family of origin issues, mindfulness meditation, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. She is past chairperson of the Missouri Psychological Association's Women's Issues Committee, and a winner of the UMSL Women Trailblazers Award. "My approach to counseling is to focus on strengths and encourage personal empowerment. I try to help clients develop a clearer and more positive sense of self in the context of relationships."
Cherese Alcorn, Counseling Intern
Cherese received a Bachelor's degree in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities in 2010. She is currently pursing a Master's degree in Social Work from Washington University's George Warren Brown School of Social Work. Cherese's clinical interests include exploring the connection between the mind, body, and spirit through a holistic counseling approach. Cherese is also interested in trauma, anxiety disorders, empowerment, advocacy, and multicultural isssues.
Jamie Linsin, Psy.D, Counseling Psychologist/Coordinator of Outreach
Jamie received his Psy.D. from the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology in 1997. A licensed psychologist and native St. Louisan, Jamie wears several hats at Counseling Services, providing therapy and supervision in addition to coordinating both the office’s outreach work for the campus and the UMSL Safe Zone program. His professional interests include depression, crisis intervention, rape education/prevention, LGBT issues, and theatre for education and social justice.
Becky Pastor, Counseling Intern
Becky is working toward her Masters in Community Counseling from UM-St. Louis. She received an undergraduate degree in psychology from Webster University, and she also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UMSL. Becky’s clinical interests include art and expressive therapies, PTSD, trauma, wellness and the intersection of mind-body-spirit, and multicultural issues.
Chris Sullivan, Ph.D., Counseling Psychologist
Chris completed his Ph.D. in Counseling and Family Therapy from UMSL in 2010. His areas of professional interest include the impact of culture on individual and family therapy, with a special focus on cultural transitions, accommodations, and adaptations.
Erin Vasconcelles, Ph.D., Counseling Psychologist/Training Coordinator
Erin received her Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from Bowling Green State University in 2008. Erin is a licensed psychologist in Missouri and has a number of clinical interests, including anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, sport psychology, concerns with performance, women’s issues, crisis intervention, and identity concerns. In addition to providing therapy and supervision, Erin also coordinates the training program for advanced graduate students at Counseling Services and serves as a liaison between Counseling Services and Disability Access Services.
Tina Villalobos, Counseling Intern
Tina is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis with a concentration in mental health. She received her Bachelor's degree in Theology and International Studies from St. Louis University in 2006. Tina's professional interests include gender and sexuality, managing difficult emotions, existential concerns, and reducing stigma attached to mental health issues.